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Africa: The leading hotel operator is targeting a projected growth of 150,000 rooms operational and pipeline in 38 countries by 2022 across Middle East and Africa



Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International Announces Dynamic New Sales and Marketing Leadership Team to Support its Rapidly Growing Middle East and Africa Portfolio
The leading hotel operator is targeting a projected growth of 150,000 rooms operational and pipeline in 38 countries by 2022 across Middle East and Africa
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates,  -- Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com) today announced the expansion and strengthening of its Sales and Marketing Leadership Team for ...

Dangote Cement records 12.6% Sales volume increase across Africa



Dangote Group

Half year: Dangote Cement records 12.6% Sales volume increase across Africa
Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest cement producer, has announced its unaudited results for the six months ended 30th June 2017
LAGOS, Nigeria- Dangote Cement (www.DangoteCement.com), Africa’s largest cement producer, has announced its unaudited results for the six months ended 30th June 2017, posting a 12.6 percent increase in sales volume across Africa.  

Top GOP senator: Party is in 'denial' about Trump

MAGAZETI YA TZ NA NJE LEO AUG 1,2017

Arusha college introduces gas courses

DEUS NGOWI in Arusha
AS the country moves to gas and industrial based economy, Arusha Technical College (ATC) has come up with special programmes in the gas sector.
The public college will offer the courses in collaboration with the Canadian Government, with the views address the shortage of gas experts in the country.

CRDB saluted for aiding Zanzibar’s economic drive

ABDUEL ELINAZA in Pemba
ZANZIBAR President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, CRDB Bank Board Chairperson Ally Hussein Laay (third left) and the bank’s Managing Director, Dr Charles Kimei, cut a ribbon to officially inaugurate the bank’s branch at Madungu area in Chake Chake, yesterday. (Photo Courtesy: CRDB)
ZANZIBAR President Ali Mohamed Shein has said the country needs large and strong banks in order to spur the economic development agenda to the next level.

Tenants decry inflated power rates

DAILY NEWS Reporter
OWNERS of the tallest buildings in Dar es Salaam are allegedly charging their tenants high electricity tariffs, contrary to the approved rates, the ‘Daily News’ can reveal.

Technology trims NBS survey costs by half

LUDOVICK KAZOKA in Dodoma
THE National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has halved the survey costs from 2bn/- to 1bn/-, thanks to technological adoption.

Majaliwa orders security reinforcement at borders

DAILY NEWS Reporter in Kyela
PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has directed security organs to reinforce surveillance at all borders, saying the government will never allow illicit drugs to penetrate easily.

Parties in disputed sale of Tigo shares lock horns

FAUSTINE KAPAMA
PARTIES in the 34,479 share sale dispute have locked horns on whether the Court of Appeal should review its decision on the matter.

Chinese firm given 14 days to pay 70bn/-

FAUSTINE KAPAMA
A LOCAL Company, ST. Martin Co. Limited, has given a Chinese firm, China Railway 15 Bureau Group Corporation, 14 days to pay them over 70bn/- for consultancy services offered on construction of 10,000 houses countrywide for Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) staff members.

Over 500 children to benefit from envisaged 6bn/- centre

JIMMY LWANGILI
THE Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) eastern and coastal diocese is planning to build a vocational training centre for the children with special needs at Mlandizi in Coast Region, the thrust being to develop their skills.

Dar appreciates UN agency on poverty war

DAILY NEWS Reporter
THE government has thanked the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) for its support in helping Tanzanians in the fight against poverty through various programmes.

Telecoms turn to data as voice revenues dip

By: Julius Bizimungu
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With more and more subscribers preferring to use messaging services, local telecoms operators need to rethink strategy to stay relevant and competitive. / File.
with growing competition and diminishing voice revenues, Rwanda’s telecom firms are increasingly turning to the data market segment to ...

2017 Election: EAC observers laud conduct during presidential campaigns

By: James Karuhanga
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EAC team flag off mission activities. T. Kisambira & Nadege Imbabazi.
The mission leader of the East African Community election observer mission (EOM) in Rwanda, Moody Awori, has commended the people of Rwanda for conducting themselves with maturity in the...

South Sudan's president orders govt officials to surrender bodyguards drawn from army

The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA)
The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers stand at attention at a containment site outside Juba on April 14, 2016. PHOTO| AFP 

Top Trump staffer to be sworn in amid White House shakeup

Newly-named chief of staff John Kelly. The US

Newly-named chief of staff John Kelly. The US president on Friday announced via Twitter that he had picked Kelly to replace outgoing chief of staff Reince Priebus, rumored for weeks to be on the verge of being sacked.  AFP PHOTO | SAUL LOEB 

Future of Rwandan motorcycle business is in co-operatives

The motorcycle taxis will benefit from being in
The motorcycle taxis will benefit from being in co-operatives. PHOTO FILE | NATION 

Anti Zuma vote: South Africa's ruling party calls for action against defiant MP


African National Congress (ANC) Member of
African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament Mondli Gungubele. ANC chief whip in parliament Jackson Mthembu described Gungubele as “the worst form of ill-discipline.” PHOTO| PETER DUBE 

Safaricom rallies to $0.24 on dividend deadline

SAFARICOM HEADQUARTERS ON NAIROBI’S WAIYAKI WAY. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA
Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. The telecoms operator becomes first listed company in Kenya to touch the Ksh1 trillion mark in market valuation during trading. PHOTO | FILE | NATION 

S.Sudan: Division in Machar team threatens Entebbe unity deal

Rebel troops of the Sudan People’s Liberation

Rebel troops of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) with their weapons at their military site in Juba on April 25, 2016. PHOTO | FILE 

Uganda on high alert as Kenya, Rwanda go to polls


Uganda's Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. On
Uganda's Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. On Thursday, he called a meeting of select Cabinet ministers to chart a blueprint about Uganda’s state of preparedness in relation to the upcoming elections in neighbouring Rwanda and Kenya. PHOTO FILE | NMG 

IEBC Director of ICT Chris Musando dead


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By STELLA CHERONO
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Kenya's electoral agency IEBC's Director of ICT Chris Musando, who went missing on Friday, is dead.
Police on Monday said his body and that of an unidentified woman were found in Kikuyu, Kiambu County, and taken to the City Mortuary.
Attendants at the mortuary told The Nation that the two bodies were brought in on Sunday at 11pm.
The bodies, they said, were brought in by police in their vehicle and Mr Musando's was booked as that of “an unknown adult”.
Members of Mr Musando's family went to the mortuary and positively identified him.
IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe mourns the
IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe mourns the death of Mr Msando at the City Mortuary on July 31, 2017. PHOTO | STELLA CHERONO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Many burst into tears, with attendants and friends having a hard time trying to calm them down.
The bodies were found hours after Mr Musando’s vehicle was found behind Thika Road Mall, off the Thika Superhighway in Nairobi.
Members of Mr Msando's family mourn his death
Members of Mr Msando's family mourn his death at the City Mortuary on July 31, 2017. PHOTO | STELLA CHERONO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Police said they found the grey Land Rover Discovery near the mall's parking and towed it to Kasarani Police Station.
Nairobi County Police Commander Japhet Koome said the vehicle was dusted for fingerprints early Monday morning. 
Friends of the Msandos mourn his death at the
Friends of the Msandos mourn his death at the City Mortuary on July 31, 2017. PHOTO | STELLA CHERONO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Mr Musando's family reported his disappearance at the Embakasi Police Station on Sunday.
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and CEO Ezra Chiloba were among the commission’s top officials who rushed to the mortuary on getting the sad news.

Tanzania, gold giant Barrick start discussions over tax row

As Tanzania went into the negotiations, it
As Tanzania went into the negotiations, it insisted on meeting with Barrick officials, saying it does not recognise Acacia, as it is not registered in Tanzania. PHOTO COURTESY | THE CITIZEN 

K-Shoe retailer issues profit warning

The K-Shoe shop along Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG The K-Shoe shop along Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG 

Kenyatta Hospital nurses go on strike amid cholera crisis

HEALTH WORKERS ON STRIKE. FILE PHOTO | NMG HEALTH WORKERS ON STRIKE. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

Cytonn converts into a public company

Cytonn chief executive Edwin Dande. file photo | nmg Cytonn chief executive Edwin Dande. file photo | nmg 

Diaspora remittances hit a new monthly record

Diaspora remittances have become a key support of the shilling. file photo | nmg Diaspora remittances have become a key support of the shilling. file photo | nmg 

Little to celebrate about the digital economy wave

It might so appear that the much hyped digital economy has lived up to the expectations people had for it 20 years ago. file photo | nmg It might so appear that the much hyped digital economy has lived up to the expectations people had for it 20 years ago. file photo | nmg 
TIMOTHY ORIEDO

Summary

    • The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) released Q1 report with glaring reports of Airtel had lost market share by five million mobile money and 16 per cent voice.
    • The digital economy has transformed communication , consumption of information, and entertainment.
    • Productivity growth, which many assumed would be invigorated by the impact of digital technologies, has been dismal for much of this century.

Why income tax compliance levels are low in Kenya

If the government wants its people to pay their taxes, they need to improve the quality of services provided. file photo | nmg If the government wants its people to pay their taxes, they need to improve the quality of services provided. file photo | nmg  

Ruto home attacker killed, says police

Deputy President William Ruto. file photo | nmg Deputy President William Ruto. file photo | nmg 
More details have emerged after the daring attack at Deputy President William Ruto’s rural home in Sugoi.
Police said an assailant was shot and killed on Sunday morning, ending a 20-hour siege, just over a week before the August 8 election.
Rift Valley regional co-ordinator Wanyama Musiambo told the press at the scene that a police officer was shot dead by the assailant during the raid.
“From the exchange of fire we thought it was more than one attacker, because he used different firearms, but after we subdued him, we found only one man dead, plus our officer whom he had killed,” said Mr Musiambo.
Sources say the machete-wielding man attacked a GSU officer manning the gate before he gained entry into the house and into an armoury where he accessed the weapons.
Musiambo said the attacker initially had no gun but managed to break into the police armoury once inside the compound.
He declined to comment on the motive of the attack, or the attacker’s identity. The deputy president’s residence is guarded by an elite paramilitary police unit.
But several security sources said on Saturday that the assault was staged by several people using guns.
The attack occurred despite the round-the-clock presence of GSU guards at the property.

EDITORIAL: Give IEBC staff security

Grief-stricken relatives of Chris Msando, the IEBC’s acting ICT director, whose body was found in Kiambu, at City Mortuary yesterday. photo | evans habil | nmg Grief-stricken relatives of Chris Msando, the IEBC’s acting ICT director, whose body was found in Kiambu, at City Mortuary yesterday. photo | evans habil | nmg 

Resistance to drugs hampers HIV treatment

International Aids Society president Linda-Gail Bekker (left) and President of the French National Ethics Advisory Committee and conference chairman Jean-Francois Delfraissy. PHOTO | AFP International Aids Society president Linda-Gail Bekker (left) and President of the French National Ethics Advisory Committee and conference chairman Jean-Francois Delfraissy. PHOTO | AFP 
Resistance to drugs used for treating HIV/Aids has increasingly come under the spotlight given the impact this could have on the progress made in managing the disease.
Experts say there is a big risk in treating and preventing the condition if early and effective action is not taken.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on countries to urgently review their treatment programmes.
Detailed findings in The WHO HIV drug resistance report 2017, based on a national research conducted in several countries, reveal that in six of the 11 countries surveyed in Africa, Asia and Latin America, over 10 per cent of people starting antiretroviral therapy have a strain of HIV that is resistant to some of the most widely used HIV medicines.
The WHO recommends that once the threshold of 10 per cent has been reached, the countries should review their HIV treatment programmes immediately.
“Antimicrobial drug resistance is a growing challenge to global health and sustainable development,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“We need to proactively address the rising levels of resistance to HIV drugs if we are to achieve the global target of ending Aids by 2030.”
Drug resistance develops when people do not adhere to a prescribed treatment plan, often because they do not have consistent access to quality HIV treatment and care.
Individuals with HIV drug resistance will start to be unresponsive to therapy and may also transmit drug-resistant viruses to others. The level of HIV in their blood will increase unless they change to a different treatment regimen, which could be more expensive and in many countries, still harder to obtain.
Of the 36.7 million people living with HIV worldwide, 19.5 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy in 2016.
The majority of these people are doing well, with treatment proving highly effective in suppressing the HIV virus. But a growing number are experiencing the consequences of drug resistance.
In addition to the report, guidelines and the global action plan on HIV drug resistance that countries should adhere to, the WHO released seven new key guidelines and tools at the 9th International Aids Society Conference on HIV Science in Paris, France last week.
The set of guidelines include a new information note on point-of-care early infant diagnosis ASSAYS (investigative procedure in laboratory, pharmacology) to support timely detection of HIV in children.
It also requires that countries monitor the quality of their treatment programmes and take action as soon as treatment failure is detected.
Countries are also encouraged to prioritise research for children and adolescents to address low treatment and quality care for this group.
New guidelines on advanced HIV infection and rapid initiation of antiretroviral recommends screening, treatment and prophylaxis for major opportunistic infections (such as tuberculosis), and rapid initiation of ART and adherence support for people with advanced HIV.
A new technical update advises countries on what to consider when transitioning to a new treatment regimen, including dolutegravir.
The new report also outlines how countries can provide differentiated, carefully-tailored services for various needs of patients.

The ninth International Aids Society conference on HIV Science last week, in Paris. PHOTO | AFP The ninth International Aids Society conference on HIV Science last week, in Paris. PHOTO | AFP

“We need to ensure that people who start treatment can stay on effective treatment to prevent the ...

Stop being a glass and be a lake to dissolve worries

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but takes you nowhere. file photo | nmg Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but takes you nowhere. file photo | nmg